Golf Plus | IMG Academy alum Cheng-Tsung Pan earns Web.com Tour promotion
Cheng-Tsung Pan closed out his rookie season on the Canadian PGA Tour with an automatic promotion to the Web.com Tour for 2016. The University of Washington and IMG Academy alum took second place on the Canadian PGA Tour's Order of Merit with $79,896 (Canadian) in earnings. The top five earned Web.com Tour cards for next season.
Former Lakewood Ranch standout Seath Lauer, a Florida State University alum, finished the year No. 56 on the Order of Merit.
Lauer ended the season with a tie for 20th place at the Freedom 55 Financial Tour Championship in London, Ontario. He posted a 6-under par 274 that featured three sub-par rounds, highlighted by a 66 in the second round.
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Bradenton's Ginger Howard ranks 36th on the LPGA Symetra Tour money list with three events remaining on the 2015 season. Howard has collected roughly $19,000 this year. That's about $30,000 shy of Casey Grice, who occupies the No. 10 spot on the money list. The top 10 players at the end of the 2015 Symetra Tour season earn LPGA Tour cards for next year.
Rachel Rohanna, who won the Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay Country Club in southern Manatee County back in April, has slipped to No. 9 on the money list. Since the Symetra Tour arrived at Sara Bay in 2012, every champion from that event has earned their LPGA Tour card either by automatic promotion from three victories or through the top 10 money list qualification.
Lakewood Ranch alum Danny Walker, who was a key piece to the Mustangs' three consecutive state golf championships in 2011-13, tied for sixth place at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill., earlier this month. Walker, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, fired a 2-over par 218 to finish five shots behind Houston's Vincent Martino. Walker posted the best score for the Cavaliers, who took fifth place in the team standings. Illinois, the lone program to post an under-par team score, won the event with a 7-under 857.
The second annual Sarasota Women's Better Ball Open is scheduled for the weekend of October 10-11 at Bobby Jones Golf Club. The two-day tournament will see competitors battle it out on the American Course, before Sunday's final round on the renovated British Course. It will mark the first rounds for golfers on the British Course's new renovated turf.
The entry fee is $175 per team, which includes two rounds of golf with a riding cart, tee gifts, an on-course non-alcoholic beverage each day, lunch after the final round and awards.
The registration and payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds are scheduled for donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
For more information on registration or other tournament questions, contact Bobby Jones Golf Club manager Sue Martin at 365-2200 ext. 5800.